To see one of these majestic fish come out of nowhere as if it was shot out of a cannon, putting on a show for you and your guide, then feel your heart rate go through the roof when you set the hook to finally land one, is an experience like no other. That’s why we call them “The Silver King”.
Tarpon season in Costa Rica runs from April end through August while the world record tarpon caught in Costa Rica weighed 283 pounds. The average tarpon caught by a fly fisherman is 40 to 60 pounds averaging about 700 to a fish.
The best way to catch tarpon on the fly is to catch them feeding. Water depths targeted are 5 – 20 foot deep with the color line being the top 4 feet of water. This allows us to fish intermediate tarpon lines and even floating lines on the calm conditions. When the tides start to turn and the fish turn on the “feed” button, be ready, they will eat any fly you put in front of them and this can last up to an hour.
Always bring extra backing and line. A rod with a stiff action and lots of fighting power will help a lot in getting these fish to bite. We recommend a reel that has good drag system and is capable of holding a minimum of 300 yards of backing (we recommend 250).
That’s why it’s important for me to use a guide service that has plenty of experience and knowledge in this type of fishing.
You have options here. You can build your leaders or you can buy pre-built leaders. Tarpon leaders can be confusing with all of the differnent knots and different types of material that can go into them. Keep it simple, purchase pre-built leaders and have leader building material and tippet in case you run out or need to try something different. Our fishery does not require any fancy or secretive type of leader. Mono-filament leaders are just fine.
We highly recommend having a waterproof boat bag or gear bags to protect your valuables and gear from getting wet. Rain jacket and rain pants will help keep you comfortable if you get caught in a small rain shower while out on the water. Even though this is the warm Caribbean, the rain can make you cold if you get exposed.
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